Rosalyn LaPier

Portrait of Elaine Gagliardi

Rosalyn LaPier is an associate professor of environmental studies at UM and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. An enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Metis, she grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, where she learned about ethnobotany from her grandmother and aunt. Today she studies how traditional ecological knowledge learned from her elders intersects with the academic study of environmental and religious history. An award-winning writer, she has written two books and published dozens of articles and book chapters. An activist who advocates both for indigenous peoples and science-based decision-making, she was recently voted chairperson of the March for Science national board.

Thank you:  “As a member of the Blackfeet Nation, and the only Blackfeet tribal member ever hired for a tenure-track position at the University of Montana, it is a great honor for my community, my family and myself to receive the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment. For the Blackfeet people, the honor of one is the honor of all. Thank you.”